Women for Elaine Marshall rally this Saturday

Just received this via e-mail:

I just want to remind you that the Women for Elaine Marshall Rally is this Saturday, October 23, at 10am. This exciting event will be held in Greensboro, NC at Bennett College for Women in The Little Theater. Our theme is Women Empowering Women. I will be speaking along with inspiring North Carolina women. We will talk about what women can do to encourage and help other women get to the polls to early vote or vote on election day.

You can RSVP for the event right here, and there's also a charity drive going on as well, so you may want to bring some of this stuff:

Fetzer "apologizes" for campaign mailer

Article by the Winston-Salem Journal: http://www2.journalnow.com/news/2010/oct/21/state-gop-chairman-apologizes-flier-ar-473653/

The state Republican chairman has apologized to State Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, for a flier that suggested he wanted convicted death-row murderers to be released from prison. The flier was sent out in preparation for Election Day on Nov. 2.

Holliman's 16-year-old daughter was raped and murdered in 1985, and Holliman witnessed the execution of his daughter’s killer. He has repeatedly said he supports the death penalty.

“I called and told Mr. Holliman that I wanted to apologize if the mailer caused him any personal anguish or discomfort,” said Tom Fetzer, N.C. GOP chairman. “We did not know about the tragic death of his daughter. If we had known, we would not have sent that mailer out in his district.”

Holliman, who is the House Majority Leader and is up for his sixth term, accepted Fetzer’s apology Wednesday night but asked for a retraction.

Edited to shorten excerpt for fair use ... James

Another Juan bites the dust

Some NPR fans are in a tizzy today over the summary firing of Juan Williams for remarks made on Fox News. LA Observed posts a letter to stations from the CEO at NPR 'plaining the swift decision. I'd say NPR made the right call.

But, of course, Republican government haters are going after NPR like nobody's business, with a parade of dumbasses who are blissfully unaware of the meaning of employment contracts.

Bank of America restarts home repossessions

The biggest bank in the US, Bank of America has said it will restart legal proceedings to repossess 102,000 homes. The lender had stopped its foreclosure process earlier this month after it emerged that thousands of cases may have been mishandled. The bank said it would restart proceedings in 23 states. It is continuing an internal review of cases in the other 27 states, but said it expected fewer than 30,000 foreclosures to be seriously delayed. The bank spokesman said that as was the case for our judicial state review, our initial assessment findings show the basis for our foreclosure decisions is accurate. The news was greeted well by markets, with Bank of America's and JP Morgan's share prices rising 2.9% and 2.4% respectively by the close of trading on Monday. JP Morgan also suspended its foreclosures this month for similar reasons.

Star endorses Leutze, derides Goolsby

Strong words for a strong candidate:

Former UNCW Chancellor Jim Leutze not only understands the issues facing Southeastern North Carolina, he has been actively involved with helping to solve them. He’s accomplished what many politicians only talk about.

I usually don't get too excited about endorsements, one way or the other. But Leutze, with very little institutional support, has slowly chipped away at his opponent's 21 point polling advantage, and this non-ambiguous thumbs-up from the region's primary newspaper could make this race a toss-up.

Here's what the Star has to say about his opponent:

Civitas: First Ever Quiz and two luncheons this month

This month's [Civitas] poll luncheon will be held in Raleigh, NC at the Cardinal Club. Our guest speaker will be Brad Crone, president of Campaign Connections, a political and public affairs consulting firm. Mr. Crone has extensive experience in media consulting, campaign management and state government.

Also don't miss Civitas "Quiz" here.

Details from Civitas on its Poll Luncheon:


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